Pac-10 Weekly Notebook

    
December 12th, 2006
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Player of the Week

Sophomore forward Daven Harmeling capped off a marvelous week of Washington St. Cougar basketball leading the way with a career-high 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting to help the Cougars upset Gonzaga and win this week’s Player of the Week award. Then later in the week, Harmeling finished with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting to help the Cougars defeat Idaho.

Power Rankings

#1 UCLA BRUINS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (8-0)

The final leg of the trifecta of Big West opponents saw the top-ranked Bruins hosting the Cal State Fullerton Titans earlier in the week. The Titans raced out to an early 10 point lead in the first half before the Bruins dug themselves out using a stifling defense that forced a total of 28 Titan turnovers. This all setup a Saturday primetime matchup against then sixth-ranked Texas A&M. The Bruins held the lead for most of the game but had to withstand several A&M runs for the eventual win. Both teams played very physical on both ends but the difference maker was the 20 forced turnovers by the Bruins. Sophomore guard Josh Shipp had another outstanding week chipping in 16 and 18 points in both wins.

A relative easy week awaits the Bruins as they host 6-5 Oakland of the Mid-Continent Conference.

Game results this week:
Tue, Dec 5 CSU Fullerton W 78-54
Sat, Dec 9 (6) Texas A&M W 65-62

#2 ARIZONA WILDCATS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (7-1)

Earlier in the week the Wildcats played the Louisville Cardinals at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic. The Wildcats survived a terrible second-half shooting performance to escape with the narrow win. Ivan Radenovic was the high-scorer for the Wildcats finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Following the win, the Wildcats traveled back to the left coast to face then 8-1 San Diego St. Chase Budinger’s return to his hometown was uneventful as the freshman finished with only five points in the win. Budinger leads the team in points per game and his previous low was 14 back in November. Marcus Williams topped all scorers with 21 points. The Wildcats were able to limit the Aztecs star senior Brandon Heath to 14 points. The Wildcats crack the top 10 for the first time this season and currently sit at tenth in the AP Poll this week.

After a tough road swing last week, the Wildcats get a break to host 4-2 Houston of the Conference USA.

Game results this week:
Tue, Dec 5 at Louisville W 72-65
Sat, Dec 9 at San Diego St. W 69-48

#3 WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (7-1)

In the tune-up to the Saturday showdown with Gonzaga, the Huskies dispatched Southern Utah in what Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar referred to as his young team’s best game yet. Ryan Appleby came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points. Heading into the game on Saturday, Gonzaga had added motivation to coming off the heels of a stunning loss to Washington St. earlier in the week. The Bulldogs started strong and never looked back, leaving the Huskies playing catch-up all game. The Huskies simply could not guard Derek Raivio, switching several defenders on him to no avail. Freshman Spencer Hawes finished with a team high 20 points in the loss. The Huskies are currently ranked seventeenth in the latest AP Poll.

The Huskies host 7-3 Portland St. of the Big Sky Conference later this coming week.

Game results this week:
Mon, Dec 4 Southern Utah W 87-72
Sat, Dec 9 at (18) Gonzaga L 77-97

#4 OREGON DUCKS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (7-0)

The Ducks were stretched to the limit but eventually outlasted the Nebraska Cornhuskers to win their seventh-straight win and are off to their best start since the 1996-1997 season. Junior guard Bryce Taylor hit the decisive three-pointer with 39 seconds to go and finished with a game-high 18 points. The unbeaten Ducks make their season debut in the AP Poll with a ranking of twenty-two heading into this coming week.

A busy week ahead awaits the Ducks as they face Bethune-Cookman, Eastern Washington, and Idaho St, all winnable games.

Game results this week:
Sat, Dec 9 Nebraska W 68-56

#5 WASHINGTON ST COUGARS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (9-1)

Any doubts that the early hot start by the Cougars was a mere fluke were erased when the Cougars shocked Gonzaga early in the week. After a shaky start, the Cougars clamped down on defense in the second half limiting the Bulldogs dual threats in Josh Heytzvelt and Derek Raivio. After the win, the crowd of 10,000 plus at Pullman rushed the floor in a frenzy to celebrate the rare victory with the team. The Cougars followed up the big win with another against Idaho later in the week. Derrick Low and Mac Hopson scored 14 points a piece to pace the Cougars who led from start to finish.

The Cougars get some rest for most of next week before facing 5-4 CSU Northridge of the Big West Conference on Saturday.

Game results this week:
Tue, Dec 5 (18) Gonzaga W 77-67
Sat, Dec 9 at Idaho W 66-54

#6 STANFORD CARDINAL
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (6-1)

The Cardinal did not play this week and have most of next week off as well. Their next game action is on Saturday when they host Santa Clara.

Game results this week:
none

#7 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (7-3)

The host Bears opened the first round of the Golden Bears Classic with an easy win over Chicago St. The Bears struggled to get into rhythm on offense early on but used a 9-0 run and another 16-6 run late in the second half to break the game open. DeVon Hardin and Theo Robertson each had 12 points to lead the way. In the second and championship round, the Bears stayed close with San Diego but just couldn’t get the shots to go down when they needed them the most. Freshman Ryan Anderson finished with a double-double on 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bears have the week off before hosting 5-4 Furman of the Southern Conference on Dec 19.

Game results this week:
Fri, Dec 8 Chicago St. W 75-51
Sat, Dec 9 San Diego L 67-72

#8 USC TROJANS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (6-2)

A sloppily played game ended with the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks narrowly defeating the Trojans early this week. The Trojans slowed Jayhawks’ star player Brandon Rush to a modest 13 points and forced the Jayhawks to shoot 38 percent from the field. Lodrick Stewart kept the Trojans in the game finishing with 23 points. In the backend of a doubleheader of the John R. Wooden Classic, Stewart continued his strong play with 21 points in a win over George Washington. The Trojans struggled early but once again used their lockdown defense to outscore the Colonials 56-27 in the final 17 1/2 minutes to runaway with the win.

The Trojans host Bethune-Cookman and Charleston Southern later this coming week.

Games this week:
Mon, Dec 4 at (5) Kansas L 62-72
Sat, Dec 9 Geo. Washington W 74-65

#9 ARIZONA ST SUN DEVILS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (4-3)

The Sun Devils were idle this week with their next game this Saturday at twenty-fourth ranked Xavier of the Atlantic 10.

Game results this week:
none

#10 OREGON ST BEAVERS
Record: Conference (0-0) Overall (5-4)

The outcome was never in doubt as the Beavers defeated Bethune-Cookman soundly this past Saturday. Marcel had a double-double finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Wesley Washington finished with a career-high 15 points while Sasa Cuic chipped in nine.

The Beavers host Western Oregon before hosting “Big Baby” Glen Davis and the rest of the LSU Tigers on Sunday.

Game results this week:
Sat, Dec 9 Bethune-Cookman W 72-49

Big Games Next Week

Fri, Dec 15 Eastern Wash. at Oregon 10:00 pm

Slim pickings this week as most of the PAC-10 prepares for conference play. But Oregon hosts the player that is getting a lot of NBA hype in Rodney Stuckey of Eastern Washington. Stuckey remains third in the nation in scoring with 26.7 points per game. The Ducks meanwhile have the PAC-10’s top scorer in freshman point guard Tajuan Porter at 20.1 points per game. Porter also leads the PAC-10 in 3-point FGs made and is second in 3-point FG percentage.

Sat, Dec 16 Portland St. at (13) Washington 10:00 pm

The thirteenth-ranked Huskies host Portland St. in a Saturday night primetime game. The Vikings are 7-3 and currently have the best record in the Big Sky Conference. The Vikings have won three straight since losing to Gonzaga on November 30. Junior center Scott Morrison leads the team in both points and rebounds.

Sun, Dec 17 (12) LSU at Oregon St. 8:00 pm

Although the Oregon St. Beavers have only a slim chance at beating twelfth-ranked LSU, it should be a good home game for fans to watch future NBA draft pick “Big Baby” Glen Davis strut his stuff. LSU is 5-2 on the season heading into this game and coming off a tough road loss in overtime to Texas.